First , then , now mandatory bike helments.
Councilman David Greenfield, D-Borough Park, introduced legislation this week requiring all cyclists in New York City to wear a helmet when riding, no matter their age.
Under the proposed law, all bicycle riders on streets that are open to public traffic or city park property would be required to wear a helmet. A first-time violator would pay a $25 fine, $50 for a second violation within one year and $100 for a third offense within two years.
Cyclists under age 14 and professional delivery riders are already required to wear helmets in New York City.
“Helmets save lives, plain and simple. It is common sense, but we still have far too many people biking around the city without a helmet. This law will help protect cyclists and will prevent serious injuries and deaths,” said Councilman Greenfield.
According to a statement by Greenfield, head injuries account for roughly one-third of all cyclist emergency room visits and three-quarters of cyclist deaths, and helmets can reduce the risk of serious head injuries for cyclists by more than 60 percent.
"This legislation is not about punishing cyclists, it's about encouraging them to ride safely. Helmets are cheap, light and literally save lives. This law is long overdue and will help reduce the number of cyclists who visit local emergency rooms or are hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained while not wearing a helmet,” added Greenfield.
The legislation comes the same week that city officials announced a plan for .